Lee’s Summit North pitcher Marisa Davis was flat out dominant in her team’s Class 4 sectional softball game against Lee’s Summit West.
She only allowed two runners in scoring position, had zero walks, allowed just three hits and struck out 16 batters in a complete-game effort.
That stat line would normally indicate that Davis was the winning pitcher. However, on this day, she faced a pitcher that put on a superhuman performance.
Titans junior ace Jordan Weber tossed a no-hitter and struck out 16 as well to help the West advance to the state quarterfinals following a 1-0 win against North Wednesday.
“Marisa threw awesome,” North coach John Gage said. “That was a state championship caliber game right there. Unfortunately, our girls didn’t come out on top.”
Weber, who committed to the University of Missouri as a sophomore last season, was unhittable. North didn’t put the ball in play until the fifth inning when Londin Fiorella was thrown out at first on a bunt attempt. No Bronco hit the ball out of the infield and the farthest ball hit was a pop out by Blair Clark that was caught in foul territory a few feet in front of first base.
Talk about dominance.
“I had a couple of games (this season) where I had 21 outs where I had 21 up and 21 down,” Weber said of throwing perfect games. “My defense helps me with that, too. I think I have four no-hitters.”
Gage said he could do nothing but tip his hat to Weber, who shut out the Broncos for the second time this season.
Other than a couple of bunts for outs and three pop-outs in the seventh, the rest of Weber’s outs came via strikeout. Olivia Krehbiel was the only Bronco batter to reach base as she walked three times.
“She threw well and really hit her spots,” Gage said of Weber. “We couldn’t get anything going. She avoided a couple of our hitters. We didn’t put the ball in play very much either. That’s why she is an all-state pitcher.”
That was by design, according to West head coach Eric Doane. Krehbiel was the only North hitter to drive in a run against Weber all year, which was off a two-run home run on Sept. 15. On this day, Weber threw hard and the Broncos couldn’t catch up to her fastball and riseball.
“We had a game plan to be careful to a couple of hitters in their lineup,” Doane said. “We walked Krehbiel; she’s a great hitter. She beat us here before. At the end of the day, this is what we’ve seen out of her and this is what she continues to do.
“Her riseball is her out pitch. She throws that a lot. She spotted her fastball against hitters she thought she could get it by. She didn’t really need the changeup. What a phenomenal performance.”
For Davis, she had only given up a double and a single going into the seventh inning of a scoreless tie. West catcher Maddie Harris untied the game when she blasted a low, outside pitch over the centerfield fence for the winning run.
“Our approach was to take the ball to the opposite field,” Doane said. “Marisa likes to eat the outside corner up. If you try to pull it, you’re going to hit ground balls. A few of our hitters stuck to that game plan. Harris did and with one swing of the bat, we’re sectional champs.”
Even after the loss, Gage was pleased with the season his team had, as it won its first district championship since 2009.
“Our eight seniors made this a great season for us,” said Gage, whose team finished 23-5.